Report A Concern

To report an emergency (a spill or hazardous condition that could impact creeks or the Bay):  

Call EH&S at (510) 642-3073 

To report non-emergency concerns, click here.

When should I call?

Rule of Thumb: On a non-storm day, the creek should be clear and cool.

If you see or smell anything out of the ordinary, call us! We will investigate the situation quickly. Look below for guidance on what we determine to be emergency vs. non-emergency situations.

What are Emergency Situations?

Main Water Break

Drinking water contains chloramines, which are safe for humans but toxic to fish and other creek life. When a main water line breaks, time is of the essence - call us!

 

 

 

 

 

Hazardous Materials Spill

This sheen is diesel oil that spilled into the creek in December 2011. It took 8 hours for anyone to report it ! Remember: if the creek smells like gas or chemicals, report it immediately.

Sewer Overflow

Sewage spills are no fun. Besides being pretty gross, excess "nutrients" in the water leads to increased microbial activity, which can lead to oxygen deprivation and possible death for water-based creatures.

 

Construction Site Runoff

Construction sites are one of the main contributors to sediment pollution. If you see a construction site that is allowing muddy water off of its site, call us immediately.

 

 

 

 

What are Non-Emergency Situations?

 

Trash

Although not an emergency, trash is a killer of marine life. Please pick up your trash!

Storm Water Runoff

Often, the first storms of the season mobilize soaps, volatile oils in leafs and other dried up liquids that have remained on the ground through the dry season. Suds in the beginning of the rainy season is not uncommon.

Parking Lot Runoff

Oil drips from parked cars drain off in the first rains. UC Berkeley works to clean up oil spills each year before the rainy season starts.